More Drivers Dying Than Ever Before

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We don’t care if we come across sounding like your mother, please be careful out there on the road! It’s been reported that more US drivers are dying in accidents than ever before. Fatalities jumped by over 5% last year, totaling to over 34,000 deaths. It’s the first time in seven years the number has increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the increase could be due to the face that Americans are also driving more than ever before. Modern vehicles have been offering better fuel efficiency, so drivers can cover greater distances for the same money.

Motorcycle fatalities account for almost 15% of all traffic deaths, with 5,000 riders dying last year alone. If you drive a motorcycle, please make sure to drive with caution and always wear the correct protective gear, including a helmet. No one cares how bad your helmet hair looks; the alternative will look a lot worse!

“A comprehensive strategy is needed to keep motorcyclists safe,” said Barbara Harsha, executive director of the GHSA. “Most crucial in this strategy are universal helmet laws, which 31 states currently lack.”

NHTSA is looking to change some safety laws, and is looking for public input on those changes. To check out the proposed changes, follow this link.

Teen Car-Related Deaths on the Rise

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With all of the available auto technology today, it’s sad to see that car-related deaths among new drivers are continuing to rise. Here are some tips to help keep your new driver safe.

  • If you aren’t comfortable turning left in busy intersections, go down a block or two and turn around. It can take a while to learn how to gauge incoming traffic.
  • Watch out for other drivers, especially aggressive ones. It’s best to stay out of their way. Never make an assumption about what other drivers are going to do. For example, just because someone has their turn signal on, doesn’t mean they are turning. They could have simply forgotten to turn it off.
  • Don’t do anything that will cause another car’s driver to slam on the brakes such as pulling out in front of him or swerving into his lane. In return, always brake gently.
  • Turn your headlights on anytime you need to turn your windshield wipers on–in rain, fog, sleet, freezing rain, or snow. Always keep a scraper in the car in case it snows.
  • Listen to radio traffic reports and adjust your travel plans accordingly.
  • Always wear your seat belt–and make sure all passengers buckle up, too.
  • Follow the speed limits! Going too fast gives you less time to stop or react. Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage accidents.
  • Don’t run red lights, and don’t race yellow ones.
  • NEVER drink and drive, and don’t ride with anyone who has been drinking. Call parents or friends to take you home if you need a ride.

At James Ceranti, we care deeply about your safety and the safety of others on the road. We can only promise to put you in a safe car, but driving safely is your responsibility. For more information about car safety, model specifications, and great “first time” cars for teens, visit our inventory page at www.jamescerantinissan.net/Preowned-CI.aspx.

Five Common Car Seat Installation Mistakes

Car seatAs part of the celebration of Snug Kids™ 10th anniversary this year, Nissan recently released these common car seat installation mistakes*:

1.)    Wrong slot used for harness. If your infant still requires a rear-facing car seat, choosing the slots located at or below your child’s shoulders will provide the safest fit. If your child is a little bigger and is now in a front-facing car seat, the slots located at or above their shoulders should be used.

2.)    Incorrect chest clip position. The moveable chest clip should be aligned with your child’s armpit level, not resting over their abdomen.

3.)    Loose child restraint system (CRS) installation. Once securely belted in, the car seat should not move more than one inch when pushed side to side or front to back.

4.)    Loose harness strap. Pinch the harness strap at your child’s shoulders. There should be no slack or give to the strap.

5.)    Incorrect use of seat belt with booster seat. Contrary to popular belief, the lap belt in your car should not lie across the stomach of your child in a booster seat. It should fit snuggly across your child’s upper thighs. The shoulder belt should not be touch your little passenger’s face or neck, but should instead lay snuggly across the shoulder.

Be sure to read your Nissan owner’s manual for other tips on how to properly install your child’s safety seat. Stop by James Ceranti Nissan with any questions and our team will be happy to assist.

*source:www.nhtsa.gov

2012 Nissan Versa Becomes Fourth Nissan Model to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

After a complete overhaul for the 2012 model, the Nissan Versa sedan earned its first-ever Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The IIHS Top Safety Pick rating was given to the Versa sedan for earning the highest rating of “Good” on all four tests performed by the IIHS. The four tests include front, side, rear and rollover crash test. The new roof strength test was added to testing for 2012 to see measure how vehicles performed in the incident of a rollover crash. The higher requirements have made the IIHS rating even more valuable to a model.

The major award is a great addition to the Versa name which has the lowest MSRP in America. Nissan engineers overhauled the 2012 Versa sedan to optimize space and features with the lowest bottom line for customers. The vehicle is a great affordable option for drivers looking for the ultimate value in a car.

With the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan’s IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, Nissan now has four total awards. The other Nissan models with 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick ratings include the Cube, LEAF, & JUKE.

 

Nissan Dedicated to Eliminating Crashes for All Drivers

For the past twenty five years, Nissan has analyzed and worked at developing technology and vehicles that would withstand crashes better.  The passive approach focused on better material selection, vehicle design, and use of airbags to mitigate damage in crashes.

Now Nissan is looking towards preventative technology to help avoid collisions all together.  With the Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan has taken major steps in creating new technology to assist drivers in avoiding accidents.

Watch and enjoy Nissan’s Bob Yakushi talking about the future of Nissan’s safety technology and driving in the future.

Nissan cube Named by Forbes as One of the Safest Cars Under $20,000

With safety as the number one priority for Nissan, Nissan engineers are constantly working on developing the latest in technology to better protect its passengers.

Nissan cubeThe roads are the safest they have ever been with the lowest fatality rates to date.  Small cars were thought to be unsafe but recent technology and advancement has made subcompact and compact cars more attractive for their safety as well as their bottom line.

Forbes decided to put a list of the best vehicles for under $20,000 that are the best picks for safety.  These vehicles are able to overcome the stigma of small cars being unsafe and provide passengers a safe ride.

The Nissan cube was named one of the nineteen vehicles for being the safest while having a price tag under $20,000.  The Nissan cube is such a distinct vehicle for style but with its great safety as well, should continue to attract new owners.  Congrats to the Nissan cube!

Check out the Forbes complete list!